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Did Utah’s Securities Commission Really Call Out California’s Commissioner?

I recently ran across an article concerning a row between Utah’s Securities Commission and California’s Commissioner of Corporations, E.C. Bellows. Engineering & Mining Journal, Bingham Galena on Trail of California...more

What The SEC Doesn’t Understand About Blue Sky Laws

I recently submitted this comment letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission with respect to its proposal to modernize the exemption applicable to intrastate offerings. The SEC somewhat misleadingly describes its...more

FAST Act eases resale of unregistered securities and adds new accommodations for emerging growth companies: top points

President Barack Obama has signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the FAST Act). Although primarily focused on funding of the nation’s transportation infrastructure, the FAST Act also includes...more

‘Excuse Me, While I Kiss the [Blue] Sky’: Common State Securities Law Considerations Applicable to U.S. Private Offerings by...

The wires have hit. You’ve just closed a multijurisdictional offering and delivered a great result for your client. As visions of a raucous post-closing party with your client enter your mind (or perhaps just visions of a...more

FAST Act Includes Enhancements to Capital Raising and Securities Laws

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the “FAST Act”) which included a host of provisions related to capital raising and securities law matters. Provisions of particular...more

SEC Adopts Regulation Crowdfunding

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted Regulation Crowdfunding to implement the crowdfunding exemption from registration authorized by the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The new rules will...more

SEC Proposes Rule Changes to Pave the Way for Intrastate and Regional Offerings

At the same time the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted rules implementing Regulation Crowdfunding pursuant to Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”), the agency proposed...more

Crowdfunding Regulations

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final crowdfunding rules. More than two years after the publication of the proposed crowdfunding rules, the SEC approved regulations that permit...more

What's Market? Update: Securities

Amendments to Regulation A adopted by the SEC to comply with a mandate in the JOBS Act took effect on June 19, 2015. Regulation A as amended (often referred to as “Regulation A+”) expands the maximum aggregate amount that...more

General Solicitation of Investors for Your Financing: Rule 506(c) of Regulation D

Previously, we discussed a startup’s most important tool for selling debt or equity securities in compliance with the Securities Act of 1933, as amended: Rule 506(b) of Regulation D. This rule is critically important to...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement Cybersecurity Is At the Top of SEC Examination Concerns In a recent SEC “risk alert” for registered broker-dealers and investment advisers, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE)...more

Founders (Legal) Checklist

In prior posts, this blog has discussed some specific issues that affect your start-up, from incentive plans, to early IP protection and hiring your team. But the number of topics, and more importantly, the number of...more

Regulation A+ Gives a Powerful Tool to Small Companies

The JOBS Act of 2012 was meant to loosen the regulations regarding private equity, opening up new classes of investors and freeing entities seeking new investment from solicitation rules put in place before color television...more

SEC Adopts Regulation A+

Newly adopted exemption to securities registration requirements may offer new capital raising opportunities for developing companies - A company that seeks to raise capital by offering or selling securities to potential...more

Glossary of Important Securities Regulation Terms and Definitions

This Glossary is designed to provide law students taking Securities Regulation with a tool that will assist them in learning the basic language of securities law and achieve a working knowledge of the fundamental principles...more

Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks: Regulation A+ - Final Rules Amending Regulation A And the Creation of a Viable Small Issues...

Early Indications of market impact from Regulation A+ - Historically, Regulation A has been the poor cousin of the Securities Laws exemption from full-blown registration requirements, rarely used. Since the modifications...more

What Do the Expanded Reg A+ Rules Mean for Your Company?

This spring, the SEC adopted final rules required by the JOBS Act, which some hoped would increase smaller companies’ access to capital. Note, this wasn’t the long-awaited crowdfunding rules, it was the expansion of...more

SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues New C&DIs Relating to New “Regulation A+”

On June 23, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) relating to the recently expanded Regulation A, commonly referred to as...more

SEC Publishes Staff Interpretations on New Regulation A+

The Securities and Exchange Commission has published 11 Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) related to the new rules implementing “Regulation A+,” which became effective June 19, 2015. The C&DIs are numbered...more

“Notable By Their Absence: Finders And Other Financial Intermediaries In Small Business Capital Formation”

Small businesses are often regarded as the catalyst for economic growth in the United States. Small businesses account for the creation of two-thirds of all new jobs, and are the incubators of innovation. The majority of...more

SEC Denies Motion to Stay Regulation A+

On June 16, the Securities and Exchange Commission denied a motion, filed by Monica J. Lindeen, Montana State Auditor, ex officio Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, which sought to stay the effectiveness of new...more

Still Threatened: Arbitration Clauses in Securities Customer Agreements

In a report to Congress released in March, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) takes aim at consumer agreements that require disputes to be resolved by arbitration. The CFPB generally does not have...more

Regulation A+ Goes Into Effect

On June 19, 2015, final rules (colloquially known as Regulation A+) go into effect. These new rules create an exemption that is substantially similar to the existing framework of Regulation A under the Securities Act but are...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Takes Expansive View of Investment Advisor’s Liability Under Blue Sky Law in Hays v. Ellrich

Last week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) handed down Hays v. Ellrich, a decision with important implications for the investor advising community. The case is significant for two reasons. First, even though...more

States Challenge Blue Sky Preemption Under Regulation A+

On May 27, the Federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia combined lawsuits filed by the commonwealth of Massachusetts and the state of Montana against the Securities and Exchange Commission. The lawsuits seek to...more

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